May 29, 2001

How long until they find a robot that can do your job?

Wired reports that if you are a DJ that day may have already come. DJ Robot Turns the Tables. I suggest listening to the audio sample. It might be another year or two before you see Fatboy Slim selling pencils on a street corner.

May 25, 2001

Rival Schools Unite!

Those of you who appreciate great post-hardcore music (yes, both of you) will be happy to know that Walter Schreifels, the driving force behind Quicksand and several other legendary New York bands, has got a new gig: Rival Schools.

There are two tracks available for streaming here (RealAudio format, sadly), and I think it's safe to say that if you enjoyed Quicksand, you'll love Rival Schools. A split with One Line Drawing is due out in June on Some Records, and their debut full-length, "United by Fate," is scheduled for release on July 31 on Island.

May 23, 2001

Well, it's official. Billy Corgan is in New Order. Sort of.

The former Smashing Pumpkins frontman will appear on New Order's new album, "Get Ready," which drops in August, and will play guitar with the band in Japan and on Moby's Area: One tour.

Go figure.

May 22, 2001

Out today: "The Scroll and Its Combinations," the third and likely best-yet release by the Wellwater Conspiracy, a long-running project by former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron. Wellwater's last disc, "Brotherhood of Electric," was a rootsy album contained killer melodies and riffs and a lot of promise. The Scroll and Its Combinations promises to build on that.

Visit Wellwater's official site to listen to each track off "The Scroll and Its Combinations." Reviews online: The All Music Guide gave it a four-and-a-half-stars; Wall of Sound reports, "the level of Wellwater's work elevates the band at least eight miles above your standard current combo."

Expect this to be one of the best, and most unheralded, rock albums of the year. I'll be buying my copy this week.

May 16, 2001

Shrinking Weezer

Received the new Weezer album in the mail yesterday. It's great but...the new album clocks in at 28:29. This is compared to 41:14 for the blue album, and 34:32 for Pinkerton. Through various mathematical computations, Grant figured out that if this rate of decline in album length continues, their next one will be somewhere between 22:06 and 22:50. It will only be a matter of time when a Weezer album consists of one two-and-a-half minute song. Sadly, I will probably still pay full price and proclaim it a work of genius.

May 09, 2001

It's Tricky to rock a rhyme

Tricky's long-awaited new album 'Blowback' comes out on June26. The album features collaborations with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ed from Live, Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper, and Ambersunshower. My two cents, it's no Maxinquaye. You can hear some of it now at Buzztone.

May 08, 2001

Not really news

This is a link to an article about a DJ in the UK marrying a singer. He is 35, she is 18. DJ Chris Evans weds Billie Piper. Look for this to happen with the current slew of American popstars in the next couple of years. I predict Mandy Moore will marry a 40 year old truck driver from St. Louis.

May 02, 2001

April showers bring May Flowers

For those who caught Kara's Flowers' 1997 debut The Fourth World, I have good news. The Flowers are currently busy recording a new album, and a record contract has been drawn up and approved by the band, which they will hopefully sign soon. Who is the lucky label? The band hasn't said. Check out karasflowers.org for updates. And if you haven't heard Kara's Flowers yet, find yourself an mp3 of "Myself" and you'll be hooked. The band is considering a name change, though, so check back for news on that front. You may need to check out the new SugarTiger album if my suggestion goes through.

May 01, 2001

Turn the radio off

American radio is like those cartoons where you keep seeing the same building and tree every few steps, substitute today's hit list of alterna-rock stars and you have the same effect on your ears. Salon has a great piece about how the radio game has become a tad (how shall I word this without sounding libelous) 'monopolistic'. New levels of sucking coming to your radio soon, my advice, turn it as far down the dial as it will go. College radio, baby!